Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: world of craziness
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$200 is pretty darn good for a food budget, even for only 2 people.
We buy a good bit at ethnic/international markets. I have a Korean market close to me that has good prices on produce and meat. Stuff like limes 10/$1, cilantro 2/$1, lettuce 2/$1, and whatever is in season at good prices. I also have another market that I like that targets 3 main groups--Latino, Asian (mostly Korean), and Eastern European (mostly Russian). It's divided into 3 zones. Lots of fun, but also really cheap.
I shop around at several stores. If I'm in the neighborhood, I'll stop at whatever store is nearby, getting their specials. That helps, I think. I don't really make very many special trips, but over the course of a month, I'm near a Whole Foods (bulk oatmeal mostly), Trader Joes (our "keep us away from take out" monthly meal, plus wine), Aldi (several things), 4 regular grocery stores, and 3 international markets. I try to get the best deals at each one.